GUWAHATI, April 19 - Connections 2017, the annual meeting of the north-eastern chapter of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Almuni Association which was held in the city recently, discussed in detail the media scenario in the region and called upon budding journalists of the region to aim for serving the national media.
The meeting was presided over by senior journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap, an IIMC alumnus of the 1985-86 batch, where several speakers focused on the need to encourage more qualified journalists from the region to join the national media so that the issues pertaining to the North East can get adequate and proper attention of the nation.
Teresa Rahman, an alumnus of the 1998-99 batch and currently editor of ThumbPrint, said more students from across the region should join various campuses of the IIMC spread across India in order to avail the best media courses in the country.
The function also felicitated two alumni of the country�s premier media institute who are currently serving as officers in the Government of Assam. Those felicitated under this year�s theme �Campus-wale Bureaucrats� were Numal Mahatta, a 1998-99 batch alumnus who is currently posted as Additional SP in Tezpur and Dinchengfa Boruah, a 2009-10 batch alumnus who is currently posted as Assistant Commissioner in Kaliabor.
Regina Hongray of the 1991-92 batch, another IIMC alumnus from the North East who also figured in the felicitation list and is currently posted as Deputy Secretary in the Manipur State Secretariat in Imphal however, could not make it to the meet.
Speaking on the occasion, Ritesh Kumar, who represented the all-India IIMC Alumni Association, said that while the IIMC has produced hundreds of communicators since its inception way back in 1965, those communicators have spread out to various fields, apart from mass communication.
�Many of them have excelled as bureaucrats and entrepreneurs, while the best journalists across the country and beyond are undoubtedly alumni of the IIMC,� he said. He also asked aspiring journalism students to avail the opportunities available at the Aizawl campus of IIMC.
The IIMC Alumni Association, which was established in 2012, now has 25 chapters including one each in the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore, apart from the national association in New Delhi.
Each year the association selects a theme to felicitate those alumni who have excelled in different fields, the theme for 2017 being for those who had joined the bureaucracy after passing out from IIMC.
Altogether five alumni from the north-eastern region found place in the list of �Campuswale Bureaucrats� � the other two being Mitali Namchoom of Arunachal Pradesh (2001-02 batch, now an IAS officer), and Ngathingpei Khayi of Manipur (2009-10, now an IIS officer).